Healthy push aims to stop the rise of obesity in Portsmouth

(l-r) Megan Saunders, FoodCycle, Dr Janet Maxwell director of public health and Dr Lorraine Albon consultant physician and clinical director acute medical unit. '''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141875-193)
(l-r) Megan Saunders, FoodCycle, Dr Janet Maxwell director of public health and Dr Lorraine Albon consultant physician and clinical director acute medical unit. '''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141875-193)
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LOOKING at where food comes from, improving lifestyles and eating better will all form part of a healthy eating food charter.

Highbury College is leading a cross-section of businesses and organisations to launch the Portsmouth Food Partnership.

A conference which included Portsmouth Lord Mayor Councillor Steven Wylie, diabetic specialist from Queen Alexandra Hospital Dr Lorraine Albon and the director of public health for Portsmouth Dr Janet Maxwell was held to discuss the future of the city.

The aim is to look at city-wide issues relating to food and public health to encourage people to lead healthier lives.

It has not been decided what exactly will happen.

It was launched at the Highbury City of Portsmouth Campus in Winston Churchill Avenue.

Megan Saunders, food project co-ordinator, said: ‘Urban living brings with it a plethora of complex health issues, including poor diet and sedentary lifestyles.

‘In Portsmouth, this brings with it unsustainable social, economic and environmental costs.

‘We are setting up the Portsmouth Food Partnership because this situation cannot continue.’

The partnership means the city will join 32 others in the Sustainable Food Cities network, an alliance of public, private and third sector organisations.

Dr Maxwell said: ‘I wholeheartedly support this initiative.

‘As obesity levels in Portsmouth continue to rise, the Portsmouth Food Partnership offers the city an opportunity to review the food we eat, where it comes from, how it is transported to us and the skills we have to cook it.

‘By working together with planners, food producers, distributors and retailers to produce a food charter, the partnership aims to make nutritious, affordable food available to everyone.’

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